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Subject: Early Telephony Breakthroughs
From 1877 to 1935 the inventions of connectivity/exchanges; the loading coil; and the vacuum tube took phone calling from down the street to around the world. The film illustrates the consequential increase in the utility of the phone. Cutely done. As usual, the phone company did a good job of PR.
I noticed that even though it was 1935 and that was a long long distance call, nobody was screaming into the receiver - like we used to - 20 years later.
Christine Hennig -
Subject: From Down the Street to Around the World
Charming Western Electric film about the history of long-distance telephone service up to 1935, and the technological innovations that made it possible. The film is framed by a silly scenes of a couple in 1877 who get their first telephoneââthe wife expresses skepticism that it will ever catch onââfollowed by an ending scene of the same couple, elderly in 1935, getting a call from their granddaughter in Japan (this time the wife insists that it was the husband who was originally skeptical). Between this are technical explanations of how long distance developed. These are kept lively by showing interesting graphics and animations of the devices involved, as well as a well-done down-through-the-years montage sequence. It all comes off as charming and fun, which seems to be typical of films made by the old Ma Bell.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
Subject: Well done
This short little documentary is well done.
It covers a lot of information of the early years of the telephone in an entertaining way.
Subject: Look how far we;ve come!
Quite a suprisingly engaging short about the life of the telephone. from 1917 to around 1935. Even though this contraption wasnt 20 years old yet, the device did moderns in communications (oh yeah, it still is). Featuring a historical timeline from 1917, when a youngish couple try out one of the first telephones to call across the street, to the same coupple getting a call years later from Japan (!!) the film has great historical signposts, utilizing great animation and an amazing score. Really worth your while and is highly reccomended.